- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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- The Baltimore Ravens have found a backup for starting running back Ray Rice. Baltimore has agreed to terms with veteran running back Ricky Williams.
This is a good role for Williams. Rice will get a bulk of the carries, and Williams is a bigger threat off the bench than former Ravens backup Willis McGahee. Williams has been productive. He rushed for 1,794 yards the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
Williams still has fresh legs. He's averaged 4.7 and 4.2 yards per carry in 2009 and 2010, respectively. On top of that, Williams shared the workload with Ronnie Brown in Miami. Williams also missed virtually two years of football. He sat out all of 2006 and played just one game in 2007.
Overall, the Ravens got better at running back in free agency. Baltimore started with Rice, McGahee and fullback Le'Ron McClain and finished with Rice, Williams and Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. The Ravens want to run the ball more consistently this season. They should be able to accomplish that with this trio.
Here are several thoughts on the signing: